5 things you need to do before putting your house on the market

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  • Looking to make your home irresistible to buyers? Go above and beyond to make your home the tidiest, cleanest and most clutter-free it's ever been.

    With the arrival of Spring giving a fillip to the housing market, many of us will be thinking about a move and wanting our house to look as good as possible.

    Preparing your home for sale is about far more than fresh flowers and ensuring there’s a loaf of bread baking in the oven; it takes thought, time and a bit of design flair to create a look that is a magnet to potential buyers.

    Here is Homes & Gardens’ list of five ways to make your home irresistible to buyers.

    1. Declutter

    It is hard to emphasise how important this is; rooms that
    aren’t piled high with papers, decorative objects, toys and clothes look
    bigger and more stylish. If storage is a problem, rent a lock up unit
    at a self storage facility such as Big Yellow
    where you can banish extraneous furniture, clothes etc. Rearrange what’s
    left to look smart and stylish.

    2. Clean

    Any room looks better when it is clean. But this job is about much more
    than just dusting; shampoo carpets, polish windows, hunt down cob webs,
    wipe the tops of picture rails, empty cupboards. A clean house, doesn’t
    just look better it smells fresher too.

    3. Fix & Patch

    Fix & patch chipped paintwork, wobbling light switches and creaking
    floorboards all create an impression of an unloved house; sorting them
    out won’t require much time.

    4. Monitor the temperature

    Make sure that temperature is
    neither too cold, nor too stuffy. If possible, completely air the
    property couple of hours before a viewing and then set to an ideal
    temperature.

    5. Don’t forget the garden

    Whatever the season, it is
    important that the garden looks tidy, front as well as back. In the same
    way that the inside of the house should be decluttered, so should the
    garden.

    For more expert advice, have a look at HousetoHome’s tips for boosting your kerb appeal.

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